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Professors: Carla Antonaccio (Classical Studies), Douglas Charles (Anthropology), Clark Maines (Art and Art History)

Associate Professor: Christopher Parslow (Chair)( Classical Studies), Phil Wagoner (History of Art)

Departmental Experts in Advising (2000-2001): Carla Antonaccio, Douglas Charles, Clark Maines, Christopher Parslow


Archaeology is the discipline most directly concerned with the understanding and explanation of past societies through the study of their material remains. The reconstruction of these societies through the interpretation of material culture permits archaeology to span both the prehistoric and the historic periods.

While certain archaeology program courses originate within the program, others are cross-listed in the departments of anthropology, art and art history, classical civilization, and history, as well as in the Medieval Studies Program. Majors will design their own curriculum in close consultation with their advisor according to the specific area of concentration within the discipline.

Major program.

A minimum of nine courses is required for the archaeology major. All majors must take Introduction to Archaeology (ARCP204) and Development of Archaeological Theory and Practice (ARCP381). In addition, majors are expected to take one course from each of three areas:

PrehistoricPaleoanthropology (ARCP202)
Prehistory of North America (ARCP268)
The Archaeology of Death (ARCP372)
ClassicalAegean Bronze Age (ARCP201)
Survey of Greek Archaeology (ARCP214)
Roman Archaeology and Art (ARCP223)
Art and Society in Ancient Pompeii (ARCP234)
The Archaeology of the Greek City/State (ARCP321)
Roman Urban Life (ARCP328)
The Ancient City of Rome (ARCP329)
Post-ClassicalArt and Architecture of Anglo-Saxon England (ARCP215)
Rural Life in Medieval Europe (ARCP256)
Medieval Archaeology (ARCP304)

The remaining four courses must consist of three elective courses in archaeology or related disciplines, which may include study abroad, and one of two senior essay or thesis tutorials.

Senior requirement. Seniors must write a senior essay or thesis that involves working closely in some way with material remains. This may include work on part of the collections located in the Archaeology Lab or research tied to a project of a Wesleyan faculty member.

Study abroad. Students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad at the University of Sheffield or the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome or College Year in Athens.

Field-work opportunities. Faculty-directed summer field-work opportunities for undergraduates are available at Morgantina, Sicily (Greek); Pompeii, Italy (Roman); Soissons, France (Medieval); and Illinois (prehistoric Native American). Excavation experience, either with Wesleyan projects or with other approved field schools, is strongly encouraged.

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